December 28, 1997
When the moment comes at last, whether birth or resurrection, it is a real celebration that cannot be contained in a single day. Easter is a season that last seven weeks, until the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Likewise, Christmas is a season lasting twelve days, until Epiphany. That is why we sing Christmas carols today, even though outside Christmas is yesterday's newspaper. It takes time to assimilate something as incredibly wonderful as God becoming human!